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The Price Family

Added: Mar 27, 2021
Category: History of The Leakey Inn

The Price Family Mausoleum at The Leakey Inn
The Price Family Mausoleum

HISTORY OF THE HISTORIC LEAKEY INN

The Historic Leakey Inn is located on Cedar Hill and was built in 1929 by Charles 

Price, son of, Tom and Missouri Price. Originally, the “Tourist Courts” sometimes 

referred to as “The Rabbit farm”, built out of native limestone, contained 

rooms that were divided by parking garages. 

During the time of the Roaring 20’s where the streets were filled with opportunity 

and medicine shows, the progressive Price family thrived. 

In 1912, they built a 2 story building south of the plaza in Leakey where they owned the 

Price Hotel, grocery store, cafe and confectionery. 

Unfortunately, this building no longer stands.Charley Price added a 

lean-to building movie house where locals came together every Saturday night to enjoy 

Prices Picture Shows where they watched those oldies such as Lightning Brice & 

Tarzan. He also brought the first radio to town that mostly produced a lot of 

scratching noises but was exciting none the less. 

Charlie built the first elevated cistern at the hotel where he piped water there and to

other areas in the county. 

He built the first service station in town which was built with the same 

native limestone as the Inn and is located directly across the street. 

He served in WWI in the 8th Baloon Co.

 

Missouri Price had more than one nickname including “Ma Price”, “Sukie” and “Missoura”. 

Although in the 20’s women were not permitted to vote, she along with other 

ladies served as the president of the Leakey School trustees 

due to the resignation of the men that served on the board. 

 

Missoura was very well known for her confectionery handdipped sour ice cream 

and homemade waffle cones. Back in those days, cream had to be brought in from Sabinal 

and Uvalde along Silver Mine Pass where they drove Model T trucks across 6 river crossings 

to and from. During floods, they transported the cream by boats. 

 

Beauford Williams bought the Courts from the Price family and later sold to the  Mcintosh family who opened The Welcome Inn. 

The Mcintosh family sold the Inn to the Nelson family. 

Deb Rose bought the inn in the 90’s and opened the well known D’Rose Inn that attracted 

motorcycles from all over the world. 

In 2013, Bradley and Dallas Hart bought the Inn and changed the name to 

The Historic Leakey Inn.

 

The Price Family now resides in the mausoleum, that was built by B. Buchannan, 

on the west side of the property. 

According to the deed, others may be buried on the described property as well.



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